“I fight against suffering, sorrow and wars with and without my music on a level similar to malakut.
Within me there is an irrepressible sympathy with those living in the circle of life and an insurmountable propensity for asceticism.
My philosophy is not without parallels, since – apart from music – I have been engaged in the religions, cultures, arts and symbols of different peoples since I was a child. I am strongly influenced by shamanism, Bon, universalism, Taoism, the Vedas, Sufism, the Tibetan, the Egyptian and other Books of the Dead, Ajurveda, Buddhism, Tibetan and other mysticism, tales, legends, myths of origin, different forms of meditation and conscious dreaming.
The relationships behind these concepts reinforced me in my ideas, and rule my life in a non-dogmatic way. For me, religion is philosophy, something pliable and on no account untouchable. It is something to be thought about intensely, but never torn from its context.
A part of it – lacking the communities giving birth to it – we cannot experience anymore.
The above ideas help me try to find, get to know and control the human soul – my own and our general one. With my music I am looking for the voice of our common human spirit.
I try to shape and be shaped by being tuned to our collective consciousness and subconscious. I want to awake and preserve our common global cultural past, the proof of which for me are the pentatonic scale, shamanism, the drum, the bow, music, tales, ritual sacrifice, ecstasy or dance, which appear on each and every continent. This global network is to be actualized and rationalized.
One of my further aims is to draw attention to the importance of family, identity, culture and traditions, religion, nature, nature peoples and their knowledge, and – on my own level – to do something for these.
In my view, not the above beliefs but all other assumptions are naive and idealistic, since historically speaking, these are the ones most closely related to us, and thus the ones to be used as building stones. Any science, theory or art that disregards these is totally alienated from man and nature.
Music, for me, is healing, concentration, focus, meditation, a state of trance, magic, a change of consciousness, the collective unconscious (Akasha, psi field), a walk in the under- and higher worlds, breaking the nutshell of the subconscious, meeting my ancestors, prayer, something similar to dreamtime. – the map of my identity, entity and thoughts. It is sensing and transmitting the seemingly imperceptible. A constant change expressing the eternal. Music is vibration; vibration is the basic nature of existence. The soul is vibration, vibration is soul, the soul is music.
Practice makes the instinctive conscious and the conscious instinctive. My music and my violin is a way of life, a part of my body, my spirit; and I a part of the whole.”
Malakut is an Arabic word originating in Islamic and Sufi culture, where it designates the world of primeval images. It is not a rationally expressible and understandable word but a state of mind – we might be in malakut while dreaming or after death, for instance.
It is a world reigned over by spiritual intellect, mental and sense perception.
It is the spiritual part of the middle world, the physical being al mulk.
It is one of the levels on our way to God.
It makes one realize that metaphor is more important than a simple one-way connection. The soul and the consciousness need metaphors and symbols too.
Photo by Milan Bajovich